“The best way for me is to do direct marketing because it gives the potential fan an opportunity to get a sense of who you are and possibly build some rapport. This’s the key to longevity!”
Check out the interview with Blakkingfolk exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Blakkingfolk: It all started when I was 18. I wrote my first verse with my homeboys, we had a group called the St. Pete Souljas but as with most things in life we all had our own path and I found mine. As time went on I kept writing and getting better and better. My hope’s to continue to inspire and motivate others to find the greatness within themselves and use it to better their life and their families! It’s what music has done for me!
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Never stop pushing, stay the course, keep faith in yourself, keep learning, stay humble, and acquire all the knowledge you can about everything you’re doing!
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Just staying passionate because you give a lot and the return on investment never comes back in the time or way you want it to. The most important thing to me is to pray, keep the faith in God and yourself. It almost feels like a force working against you, the key is perseverance.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
The best way for me is to do direct marketing because it gives the potential fan an opportunity to get a sense of who you are and possibly build some rapport. This’s the key to longevity! When you’re out promoting you must ask questions and do surveys because this information allows you to find better ways to promote and advertise.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I’m from S. Pete, FL but I live in Pittsburgh now and there’s a nice bit of talented artists. The fans are great once they become fans. You have to work, that’s s all I have to say! Back home it’s the same way.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
A year from today I see myself doing shows overseas, creating more opportunities for the kids in the community, having my youth group up and running, having a couple songs on the Billboard charts, as well as having fashion shows because I have a women’s clothing line.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My biggest inspirations have been my family and my desire to rise above and achieve what a lot of people don’t. The drive to be able to give my family a better life is what keeps my train going.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I love the music that I have been creating because most importantly it’s pure and it’s from the heart! It all stems from an awakened conscious full of acquired knowledge and wisdom.